The Frenchman took the first FEI victory at CSI 5* Saut Hermes Au Grand Palais to set the fastest time against fellowmen Roger Ives Bost. Participation of Pedro Veniss and Carlos Lopez. (Photo © Frédéric Chehu)
The first day of the prestigious CSI 5* Saut Hermes Au Grand Palais in France, had the house rider winner Patrice Delaveau number 38 in the world, disputing the first FEI class managing to overcome his fellowmen Roger Yves Bost today’s 15th position in the World Ranking.
Delaveau and “Bosty” marked the French one-two in speed class during the dispute of the Prix Hermès Sellier, registering the winner a time of 56.54 seconds with 16-year-old stallion Carinjo HDC (Cascavelle x Landgraf I) owned by Haras Des Coudrettes, while Roger Yves Bost stopped the clock in 57.19 seconds with 14-year-old stallion Pegase du Murier (Adelfos x Le Tot de Semilly) owned by Equiblue Et Eurl Bosty Jump, allowing the main protagonists to earn 50 and 45 Longines FEI Ranking points each.
Completed the Top 5 in third place the Swiss Pius Schwizer in 58.80 seconds with 11-year-old gelding Leonard de la Ferme CH (Landjuweel x Corday Indigene) followed by Belgian Jerome Guery in fourth place and 15-year-old stallion Papillon Z (Perhaps v.Berkenbroeck x San Patrignano Cassini) in 58.98 seconds, being fifth Frenchman Philippe Rozier with 12-year-old gelding Reverde de Kergane (Hornet Rose x Elan de la Cour) in time of 59.04 seconds.
Double participation by the Latin Ranking with Pedro Veniss of Brazil ranked 29th, breaking down a rail in 73.02 seconds with 13-year-old stallion Quabri del’Isle (Kannan x Socrate de Chivre) and the Colombian Carlos Lopez who recorded the the fastest time in 56.53 seconds, totaled 8 fouls in 32nd place with 10-year-old mare Cuplandra (Upgrade x Metall).
The best seed and world No. 1 Daniel Deusser of Germany ended in 11th place.